Stella Tennant was born (1970-2020) in London, the youngest of 3 children to the Hon Tobias Tennant, son of 2nd Baron Glenconner, and Lady Emma Cavendish. Tennant rose to fame in the 1990s while mod­el­ling for Versace, Al­exander McQueen and other designers. Although she was the grand-daughter of a Duke, Tennant didn’t become one of…

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Eero Kangas Vuonna 2020 levinnyt koronaviruspandemia synnytti länsimaissa runsaasti keskustelua nenän ja suun peittävien kasvomaskien käytöstä ja hyödyistä viruksen leviämisen ehkäisemisessä. WHO ja THL ottivat aluksi kannakseen, ettei kasvomaskeja tulisi suositella tavallisten kansalaisten käytettäviksi. Suomen lehdistössä viranomaiset esittivät maskien väärin käytettynä jopa edistävän taudin leviämistä (esim. Vihavainen 2020). On ymmärrettävää, että ainakin osittain maskien käytön…

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The two men shackled together,The Sacco-Vanzetti Affair: America on Trial, 2009by Moshik Tem­kin.Nicola Sacco (1891–1927) and Bartolomeo Vanzetti (1888–1927) arr­iv­ed from It­aly in 1908 and settled in Boston, with its large im­m­igrant community that provided workers for manuf­act­uring ind­ust­r­ies. Sacco from Foggia was a shoe-maker; Van­zetti from Cun­eo sold fish. Each experienced prejudice against impoverished…

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Charles Lindburgh and Amelia EarhartAmelia Earhart (1897-1937) was a Kansan who learned to love fly­ing while attending a Toronto air-show in WWI. She enjoyed flying lessons and set a women’s altitude record of 14,000’ in 1922, but wasn’t yet committed to a flying career. She studied health at Columbia Univ­ersity and then was a social…

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Portrait of Singer by Edward Harrison May, 1869Isaac Merritt Singer (1811-75) was the youngest child born in NY to German migrants. The parents divorced & abandoned the 8 children when Is­aac was only 12, so he left home with minimal education, took odd jobs at carnivals and formed a travelling troupe of repertory actors. After 9…

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By the early C19th, London had become the world’s largest city. To deal with concerns re preventing crime, Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel introduced the Met­ropolitan Police Act to Parliam­ent 1829. But people were afraid that the new police force would be used by the government to spy on them. So under the Act, the…

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 President Donald TrumpUnited States Capitol (above) and J. Edgar Hoover Building (below) GettyEarly Draft, Executive Order, Feb 2020Trump people were writing the Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture executive order for months. A White House official said polling showed a vast maj­or­ity of Amer­ic­ans prefer traditional designs. New construction should command respect by the general public who they…

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Red Cross medical dispatcher, 1914Red Cross Museum and ArchivesIn 1859, businessman Henry Dunant  from Switzerland was travelling in northern Italy when he witnessed the aftermath of a bloody battle between Franco-Sardinian and Austrian forces near the village of Solferino. The fighting had left c40,000 troops dead or injured, and neither the armies nor the locals were equipped to deal with the…

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Jeannette Rankin, speaking at the National American Woman Suffrage Association,  Apr 1917. Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973) was born on a ranch near Missoula, Montana, the daughter of progressive parents, a rancher and a school teacher. After graduating in biology from Montana Uni in 1902, Rankin followed in her mother's career, working as a teacher and later as a…

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A Berlin street, 1933 See swastika flag over the door on leftRoman Vishniac Rediscovered was the first UK retro­sp­ective of this photographer. Curated by U.S photography scholar Maya Benton, and spread across two London sites: the Photo­graphers’ Gallery and the Jewish Museum, the exhibition ended in Feb 2019. Many of his most iconic works from the Roman Vishniac Archive at the…

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The Annunciation, Jan van Eyck, c1425. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DCApollo is proud to announce the winners of its annual awards. Dating back to 1992, the Apollo Awards celebrate major achievements in the art and museum worlds.Short list of best galleries1.Aberdeen Art Gallery Reopened November 2019 A renovation & expansion costing £34.6m almost doubled the…

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I do not understand DNA at all, so I have totally depended on Profiles in Science. But I do understand the sexist treatment of clever female intellectuals. British Rosalind Franklin (1920-58) was not the first woman to have endured indig­nit­ies in the male-dominated world of science, but Franklin's case was the most unfair.James Watson, Francis…

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Hacksaw Ridge (2016)Kuva: Wikipedia.orgTällä kertaa plakkariin tarrautui Mel Gibsonin Hacksaw Ridge (2016), joka kertoo II maailmansotaan Tyynellämerellä lääkintämiehenä osallistuneesta  yhdysvaltalaisesta aseistakieltäytyjästä Doss Desmondista. Desmond sai urheudestaan sodan jälkeen Medal of Honorin. Muistin lukeneeni tästä hyviä arvioita, joten odotukset olivat suht korkealla.Valitettavasti heti kärkeen sai todeta, että elokuvan alku on pateettinen ja suorastaan siirappinen. Lapsuus veljen…

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